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Vehicle Examiner

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 22nd March 2024

Ashford (Kent)

Job summary

You have just contributed to ensuring that Britain’s roads are one of the safest in Europe. How did you do that?

You are at a roadside check, alongside other agencies, inspecting vehicles to make sure they are safe to drive.

You find a defect on a vehicle, the driver is in a rush and you have to make a decision whether to allow the driver to carry on driving it, or to take enforcement action.

You are a DVSA Commercial Vehicle Examiner. What would you do?

Job description

We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our professional enforcement team as a Commercial Vehicle Examiner, for shift working positions in Ashford.

Vehicle Examiners contribute to the integrity of road safety and standards to keep Britain moving safely and sustainably.

What did you do this week?

  • I carried out roadside checks and prohibited dangerous vehicles from continuing with their journeys.
  • I wrote reports on my findings.
  • I presented evidence at a Public Inquiry / Court.
  • I attended a team meeting and collaborated with my colleagues.
  • I made a difference to the safety of our roads.

A typical Commercial Vehicle Examiner will also:

  • Analyse data, looking for discrepancies and trends.
  • Answer technical queries from customers, offering advice, guidance and education as required.
  • Keep their technical knowledge up to date and manage their personal development.
  • Be an effective teammate and contribute to team events and meetings.
  • Champion DVSA and road safety.

To view the role responsibilities in more detail, please see the attached Candidate Pack.

Person specification

You will have experience in the repair, maintenance or inspection of at least one type of vehicle, if not multiple, along with the relevant qualifications.

This is a hands-on technical role where an eye for detail to spot defects and problems is highly important.

The Vehicle Examiner role can be physically demanding, which could include working in inspection pits and getting in and out of vehicles.

This is an excellent opportunity to access a new career path. Don’t worry, we won’t expect you to be an expert in the role straight away. Rest assured; we will provide you with all the training you need. What we particularly need from you are several core skills such as:

  • Resilience: this is a public facing role and can, at times, be a difficult job. You may be required to have difficult conversations and take action that may affect the income of a person or to prosecute at court. We support each other to cope with difficult situations, but it’s important you understand what this job entails, and lone working is part of this.
  • Teamwork: individually you will be the professional contact representing the DVSA, but you will work with a team to coordinate your work focus. It’s essential that you’re the kind of person who can work effectively with others.
  • Communication: you must be a good communicator. You will be looked upon as the example. You will have to keep a level head and be able to give advice and education effectively and pass that on to others.

We offer extensive training at our training centres and you will need to be proficient using laptop computers and smart phones, as we operate a digital first approach.

Additional Information

The work is predominantly carried out at check sites at Ashford and Dover Eastern Docks.

Whilst we welcome applications from candidates seeking part time/flexible working hours, there will be a business requirement for candidates to work a minimum number of hours for specific locations. For further information please contact

A copy of the working pattern can be viewed here.

Due to the nature of the role, there may be a requirement to travel to other DVSA locations, with the potential for overnight stays for which additional payments are made. This may also include working outside of normal hours – prior notice will be given.

There will be extensive training on all aspects of the role. Some of the training will take place in our training centres, usually in Bristol or Manchester.

Please note that DVSA does not offer sponsorship.


Full and current car driving licence.


You must have a vocational related qualification in Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair at level 3 or IMI ATA registration at diagnostic technician level, or IRTEC registration at advanced technician level.

Other Motor related qualifications may be acceptable, please see attached qualification list.

How to Apply

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications (see attached qualification list for further details) which meet the stated requirements for this role.

You must add this as an attachment in order for your application to progress to the next stage of the process. The window for submitting this evidence will close at the same date/time as the advert. Please do not attach your CV, it’s just your qualification that we require. 

Following the close of the application window an initial sift will take place based on the qualification information that have been provided. If you have not provided sufficient evidence of your qualifications (which meets the requirements of the role) then your application will not be progressed at this point.

This qualification sift will be taking place from 25 March 2024.

Candidates who evidence the relevant qualifications at application stage will be progressed and invited to attend an interview.

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